Thursday 20 July 2017

Gardai investigating the disappearance of Ciara Breen 18 years ago search lands in Dundalk

Ciara Breen, who was 17 when she disappeared in 1997
Ciara Breen, who was 17 when she disappeared in 1997

Geraldine Gittens

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Ciara Breen 18 years ago are conducting a search of lands in the Dundalk area.

Ciara was last seen at her home at Bachelor's Walk in the town in the early hours of February 13, 1997, when she was 17-years-old.

She was a trainee hairdresser.

The investigation has spanned three separate decades and involved over 200 lines of enquiry. Almost 130 people have been interviewed by gardaí.

A case review conducted by the Garda Cold Case Unit a number of years ago found that the person or persons involved were most likely from the Dundalk area.

Ciara's mother, Bernadette, has previously made a heartfelt plea for information, saying she had "just one little girl".

The evening before her disappearance Ciara had tea with her mother in a local café.

They went home and watched TV before going to bed around 12.25am. However, when Bernadette went to check on her daughter at 1.50am she wasn't in her room. It wasn't unusual for Ciara to slip out like that in the middle of the night and her mother sat up waiting for her to return.

When she hadn't returned by the following morning, her mother called the gardaí.

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